[USN-4432-2] GRUB2 regression

Steve Beattie steve.beattie at canonical.com
Tue Aug 4 21:40:29 UTC 2020

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4432-2
August 04, 2020

grub2, grub2-signed regression

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 14.04 ESM


USN-4432-1 introduced a regression in the GRUB2 bootloader.

Software Description:
- grub2: GRand Unified Bootloader
- grub2-signed: GRand Unified Bootloader


USN-4432-1 fixed vulnerabilities in GRUB2 affecting Secure Boot
environments. Unfortunately, the update introduced regressions for
some BIOS systems (either pre-UEFI or UEFI configured in Legacy mode),
preventing them from successfully booting. This update addresses
the issue.

Users with BIOS systems that installed GRUB2 versions from USN-4432-1
should verify that their GRUB2 installation has a correct understanding
of their boot device location and installed the boot loader correctly.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

 Jesse Michael and Mickey Shkatov discovered that the configuration parser
 in GRUB2 did not properly exit when errors were discovered, resulting in
 heap-based buffer overflows. A local attacker could use this to execute
 arbitrary code and bypass UEFI Secure Boot restrictions. (CVE-2020-10713)

 Chris Coulson discovered that the GRUB2 function handling code did not
 properly handle a function being redefined, leading to a use-after-free
 vulnerability. A local attacker could use this to execute arbitrary code
 and bypass UEFI Secure Boot restrictions. (CVE-2020-15706)

 Chris Coulson discovered that multiple integer overflows existed in GRUB2
 when handling certain filesystems or font files, leading to heap-based
 buffer overflows. A local attacker could use these to execute arbitrary
 code and bypass UEFI Secure Boot restrictions. (CVE-2020-14309,
 CVE-2020-14310, CVE-2020-14311)

 It was discovered that the memory allocator for GRUB2 did not validate
 allocation size, resulting in multiple integer overflows and heap-based
 buffer overflows when handling certain filesystems, PNG images or disk
 metadata. A local attacker could use this to execute arbitrary code and
 bypass UEFI Secure Boot restrictions. (CVE-2020-14308)

 Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre discovered that in certain situations, GRUB2
 failed to validate kernel signatures. A local attacker could use this
 to bypass Secure Boot restrictions. (CVE-2020-15705)

 Colin Watson and Chris Coulson discovered that an integer overflow
 existed in GRUB2 when handling the initrd command, leading to a heap-based
 buffer overflow. A local attacker could use this to execute arbitrary code
 and bypass UEFI Secure Boot restrictions. (CVE-2020-15707)

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS:
  grub-efi-amd64-bin              2.04-1ubuntu26.2
  grub-efi-amd64-signed           1.142.4+2.04-1ubuntu26.2
  grub-efi-arm-bin                2.04-1ubuntu26.2
  grub-efi-arm64-bin              2.04-1ubuntu26.2
  grub-efi-arm64-signed           1.142.4+2.04-1ubuntu26.2
  grub-efi-ia32-bin               2.04-1ubuntu26.2

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
  grub-efi-amd64-bin              2.02-2ubuntu8.17
  grub-efi-amd64-signed           1.93.19+2.02-2ubuntu8.17
  grub-efi-arm-bin                2.02-2ubuntu8.17
  grub-efi-arm64-bin              2.02-2ubuntu8.17
  grub-efi-arm64-signed           1.93.19+2.02-2ubuntu8.17
  grub-efi-ia32-bin               2.02-2ubuntu8.17
  grub-efi-ia64-bin               2.02-2ubuntu8.17

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
  grub-efi-amd64-bin              2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.27
  grub-efi-amd64-signed           1.66.27+2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.27
  grub-efi-arm-bin                2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.27
  grub-efi-arm64-bin              2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.27
  grub-efi-arm64-signed           1.66.27+2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.27
  grub-efi-ia32-bin               2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.27
  grub-efi-ia64-bin               2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.27

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM:
  grub-efi-amd64-bin              2.02~beta2-9ubuntu1.17
  grub-efi-amd64-signed           1.34.20+2.02~beta2-9ubuntu1.17
  grub-efi-arm-bin                2.02~beta2-9ubuntu1.17
  grub-efi-arm64-bin              2.02~beta2-9ubuntu1.17
  grub-efi-ia32-bin               2.02~beta2-9ubuntu1.17
  grub-efi-ia64-bin               2.02~beta2-9ubuntu1.17

Fully mitigating these vulnerabilities requires both an updated
GRUB2 boot loader and the application of a UEFI Revocation
List (dbx) to system firmware. Ubuntu will provide a packaged
dbx update at a later time, though system adminstrators may
choose to apply a third party dbx update before then. For more
details on mitigation steps and the risks entailed (especially for
dual/multi-boot scenarios), please see the Knowledge Base article at


Package Information:

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